Be the Aroma of Christ
"For we are to God the sweet aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing." 2 Corinthians 2:15
Do you know how that certain smell has the power to transport you to a certain place and time or even remind you of someone? Every time I bake an apple pie, the smell of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove mingling with warm apples in a buttery crust instantly reminds me of Thanksgiving in my mom's kitchen. The familiar smell of sawdust and dampness takes me to my Grandpa Ken's garage in Distant, Pennsylvania where I would beg him to get out my aunt's old banana seat bicycle so I could ride around the driveway. When I smell a certain perfume, I am reminded of the spring evening when I was nine years old and I knelt at the alter in my childhood church to accept Jesus Christ as my Savior. My mom was wearing this certain perfume when she knelt beside me and wrapped her arms around me as I prayed. I could be anywhere in the world but when I smell these aromas it instantly takes me to the places that will forever be in my heart! What aromas do this for you?
We are reminded in 2 Corinthians that we are to possess a certain aroma as Christ followers. This smell is one that beckons people to Jesus. What does this aroma smell like? Is it fruity or floral? The Bible does tell us that it is indeed sweet. It can be inferred that to possess the aroma of Christ is to mirror His grace, love, and mercy to everyone that we meet. It was said of the late Reverend Billy Graham that after meeting with him you would feel as if you were in the presence of God's Spirit! Wow! What an amazing thing to have said about you! Reverend Graham had such a close walk with the Lord that His spirit dwelled freely within Graham's life. It was so much a part of Graham's life that others could sense it too!
This is a powerful reminder to allow our lives to be the fragrance that draws people to Christ! Let's let our neighborly kindness and selfless, hidden acts of service be like a warm apple pie which ushers in the sweet presence of our Savior!